1. Matt S

    Morning Suit Wedding Colors

    Pastel waistcoats are quite traditional for morning dress. Light blue is equally conservative amongst the dove grey, buff and cream waistcoats. Pink has been worn a long time as well, but it's a bit flashier. The concept of wearing a colourful waistcoat has been around centuries longer than the...
  2. Matt S

    Removing steel shanks in shoes?

    Sure, you can do it, but that compromises the shoe. What do you do with the shoe after you've removed the shank to maintain its structure?
  3. Matt S

    official The Clothing of James Bond (007)

    Thank you! I like how small things were changes across the films, like slightly different lapel widths, different vent style, slight changes in the shirt collar's spead. The only exception is in Diamonds Are Forever, when the lapels and pocket flaps expanded tremendously, but the same cloths...
  4. Matt S

    official The Clothing of James Bond (007)

    Here are two pieces I wrote celebrating Connery's Bond style: https://www.bondsuits.com/style-icon-sean-connery-has-passed-away-at-90/ https://www.bondsuits.com/the-007-most-iconic-sean-connery-bond-wardrobe-pieces/
  5. Matt S

    official The Clothing of James Bond (007)

    Thanks! A friend of mine emailed me the text yesterday, but I hadn't seen the article on the website. I thought I was going to be the only person to write an style-based obituary for him!
  6. Matt S

    Dry Clean Laundering Dress Shirts vs. Self Washing

    I do my shirts because I like unfused collars. Dry cleaners use machines that automatically press the collars, which only work on fused collars. Collars with a non-fused interfacing need to be ironed by hand or they get ripples.
  7. Matt S

    Who will be the next Brooks Brothers Menswear designer?

    They need to look at their Madison Avenue neighbour Paul Stuart for how to coordinate patterns. They also need to take more interesting product photos. This is what they send in an email? They should be sending lifestyle photos, not studio shots. People need something they can relate to an...
  8. Matt S

    Who will be the next Brooks Brothers Menswear designer?

    BB needs to have an identity again to survive. They can’t continue as a generic brand of conservative menswear. Because they’re so large a company, they attempted to be something generic that would appeal to the largest number of people, but that generates no excitement for the brand. They...
  9. Matt S

    Do These Jacket & Pants Match?

    There are ways to mix three (or even four) checks successfully, but I don't think I've seen countryside Brits pair a plaid jacket with plaid trousers. For the more adventure man, the jacket in question could be paired with fine houndstooth check trousers and a mid-sized grid-check shirt. I'd...
  10. Matt S

    Do These Jacket & Pants Match?

    Doesn't matter if you're trad or anything else. There's no way a plaid jacket and plaid trousers that do not match (are not part of a suit) can ever pair in harmony.
  11. Matt S

    Should I wear Dress Shoes on the beach?

    I say change your shoes. There’s nothing unusual about a woman changing her shoes on her wedding day, so you can do the same. And when you change your shoes, change your socks too to prevent tracking sand into the better shoes. You’ll be much more comfortable if you do that. And I hope your...
  12. Matt S

    It's TWEED Season!

    I don't care much for patch pockets for the bulk they add, and flapped patch pockets are the worst by far! I also don't care for wearing ticket pockets because of the bulk right at the waist, but I like the idea of them. I'm really into fussy details! I get most of my jackets with flapped...
  13. Matt S

    It's TWEED Season!

    I have seen patch ticket pockets inside larger patch pockets. It’s an Italian thing.
  14. Matt S

    This button for this jacket?

    He said it’s black and white, but pure wool generally can not be white. I’m seeing something that is black and cream, which reads as brown. Could be dark brown and cream, but you can always trust the colours you see in photos.
  15. Matt S

    This button for this jacket?

    I usually swap out leather buttons on tweed jackets for horn, but the leather buttons seem particularly appropriate here considering it’s an Ivy style jacket. The colours of your tweed jacket are black and cream rather than black and white (pure white tweed isn’t usually a thing), so I think the...
  16. Matt S

    Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills

    Thank you, Mr Taylor, for informing us of Jack's passing. I'm a big fan of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills style of one-button suits. These days it's more associated with Savile Row, but tailors in LA like Jack Taylor, Sy Devor, Harry Cherry and Tom Stasinis made them popular in Hollywood first.
  17. Matt S

    New Bond Film: No Time to Die - Shoes, Suits & More

    Yes, Fleming and Bond also hated shoelaces. Silly men!
  18. Matt S

    New Bond Film: No Time to Die - Shoes, Suits & More

    Both Fleming and his version of the character wore short-sleeve ("sleeveless" was the term Fleming usually used) shirts with suits, not just in the tropics but in London too. Fleming hated shirt cuffs, and there's usually no trace of shirt sleeves in photos of Fleming in his suits. There are...
  19. Matt S

    New Bond Film: No Time to Die - Shoes, Suits & More

    Fleming wearing his clothes until they were threadbare was something that the British upper class were known for doing. Fleming was not one of them, but that was one was he tried to be like them. Fleming and his version of Bond remind me of my father. They dress in a very specific and quirky...
  20. Matt S

    New Bond Film: No Time to Die - Shoes, Suits & More

    That’s a very popular sentiment amongst serious Bond fans. But because I started with the Connery films and not the books, the film Bond is dearest to me. Fleming’s Bond did not dress all that well, so the film Bond holds much more weight stylistically for me as well. If Connery dressed just...